This Week's Bracket
College basketball is in its home stretch and the NCAA Tournament bracket is solidifying with each game. The bubble is tightening up and the competition to improve seeding is as fierce as ever.
This week, I was faced with easily my toughest task so far this season, picking my one seeds. Florida, Arizona and Wichita State are locks (for now) but identifying the team worthy of the last spot was a tall task. Kansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Villanova, Duke and Michigan were my candidates to claim the spot after Syracuse's rapid and surprising fall from grace.
After some analysis, Kansas and Wisconsin emerged as the most worthy candidates for a one seed. After looking at the numbers (RPI, strength of schedule) along with an admittedly subjective comparison of wins and losses, I still couldn't distinguish which team was ultimately deserving of the spot. In the end, Kansas edged out the Badgers on the grounds that, in my opinion, the selection committee would give the one seed to Kansas in this situation. Claiming the Big 12 regular season crown helped the Jayhawks' case, as did the "strength" of their losses relative to Wisconsin's.
Of course this can and likely will change before Selection Sunday. Yes there is still a lot of basketball left to be played. No team really has a defined path to the one seed, and the results of the group as a whole will have different implications for every team involved. The simplest path to a one seed is to win and let everything else play out.
On the bubble, teams like Providence, Georgetown and Nebraska inched closer to a berth. Arkansas also rejoined the teams in serious contention for a spot, and fellow SEC members Missouri and Tennessee will meet in what is nearly an elimination game on Saturday.
The overall size of the bubble has reduced greatly, as many teams on the fringe of the "out" side eliminated themselves for good in the past week.
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